STEP’s mission is to provide emergency financial and transition assistance grants to active duty and recently discharged enlisted military and their families.  Assistance is always provided as a grant, not a loan, to cover the costs of emergency food, housing, car repairs, insurance, utilities, major home appliance repair, emergency travel and a variety of other categories encompassing a wide range of needs.  STEP also offers complimentary family support programs designed to boost morale and provide families with goods and services that they otherwise may not be able to afford. Our services are provided locally from our headquarters in San Diego and our office in Santa Ana, California, by a small team of employees and a larger group of dedicated volunteers.